In 1964, volunteers gathered at the former Western College for Women (now a part of Miami University) for "Freedom Summer", to be trained to register African-American voters in Mississippi. Three volunteers were subsequently found murdered in Mississippi. The events of Freedom Summer helped to call attention to racial inequality and serve as a catalyst for change. The Freedom Summer digital collection is a part of the Miami University Libraries’ commitment to preserving and sharing rare and historical documents for this generation and for those to come. The Freedom Summer digital collection provides an opportunity to learn more about this milestone in the history of the nation regardless of geographical proximity to Miami. I welcome you to this collection and hope that the documents here will help illustrate how far we have come in confronting racial prejudice -and to see why it is necessary to constantly find ways to guard against prejudice and inequality. -Judith Sessions, Former Dean and University Librarian
This project was funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Miami University Libraries, and through the generous support of Catherine Ross-Loveland, a 1952 graduate of the Western College for Women. Questions and comments, please contact Jacky Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org -Archivist, Western College Memorial Archives- for questions dealing with content of materials or lesson plans and Elias Tzoc email@example.com -Digital Initiatives Librarian- for questions dealing with the operation of the website.
Dear Friends and Colleagues, welcome to the Freedom Summer Digital Collection. The Mississippi Freedom Summer Curriculum Guide and Lesson Plans within the collection are designed to assist elementary, middle, high school and secondary teachers who instruct in such disciplines as social studies, history, anthropology, jurisprudence, ethics, photography, print journalism, religion, media studies, psychology, women's studies, African-American studies, art, music and education. The materials within the collection focus on the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project and Ohio's involvement within the Civil Rights Movement at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. The plans, allow teachers to incorporate the study of civil rights and human rights where appropriate across the curriculum.
Each plan is designed by Ohio teachers who participated in a workshop held at Miami University in June, 2009, "Learning from the Past to Empower the Future: Creating Curriculum for Civic Engagement". You are invited to use the materials so students will learn about the famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and of ordinary men and women struggled for their beliefs.
Lesson Plans (PDF files)
|Eleventh, Twelfth & College Levels
College & University Levels
* Also available as a movie file.